President Donald Trump is dismissing suggestions that Russia has compromising intelligence about him after a news conference in which Trump declined to criticize President Vladimir Putin for Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.
Trump, speaking in Helsinki after his first summit with Putin, said he saw no reason to believe his own country's intelligence agencies over the Kremlin leader's assurances that Russian Federation did not interfere in the US election.
First District Democratic Representative Chellie Pingree says the summit was "shameful", with Trump downplaying Russian attempts to influence US elections just days after a dozen Russian intelligence agents were indicted for those attempts.
"I reassured President Trump that Russian Federation stands ready to extend this treaty, to prolong it, but we have to agree on the specifics at first, because we have some questions to our American partners", Putin told Fox News in an interview after a summit with Trump on Monday in Helsinki. "After Putin also affirmed his claim during the press conference, Trump added that "[Putin] just said it's not Russian Federation.
"President Trump hasn't been that masterful handling worldwide issues either, but in his way, he's trying to do something about the number of things, whether he's successful, I hope he's successful and I think all Americans will support him if he's successful", Tchantouridze said.
"Don't make the relationship between Russian Federation and the United States - don't hold it hostage of this internal political struggle", he said, adding that "it's nothing to be proud of for American democracy, to use such dirty methods in the political rivalry". "I don't want to insult President Trump when I say this - and I may come as rude - but before he announced that he will run for presidency, he was of no interest for us".
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Mr Trump also appeared to embrace Mr Putin's offer to have Russian investigators work together with U.S. prosecutors on the case of the 12 just indicted.
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"Our expectations are grounded in realism, but our hopes are grounded in America's desire for friendship, cooperation and peace", Trump said. "Putin is no friend to the United States".
Former CIA chief John Brennan suggested Trump should be removed from office: "Donald Trump's press conference performance in Helsinki rises to and exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes and misdemeanours.' It was nothing short of treasonous".
"The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in coordination with global partners, have detected Russian government actors targeting government and businesses in the energy, nuclear, water, aviation and critical manufacturing sectors", Coats said at the Hudson Institute think tank in Washington on Friday. This just days after the Justice Department indicted 12 Russian agents for hacking the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign in an attempt to help Trump.
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"I think just last week in these very halls, we saw an example of the Federal Bureau of Investigation not being trustworthy", he said.
Mr. Rubio also harshly criticized Mr. Putin for exploiting "a broad erosion of trust across [U.S.] society" adding that the Russian leader, who has ruled since 1999, had succeeded in his primary objective "to sow instability and distrust" across the American electorate "so that we are so busy fighting each other, that we do not have time to take him as threat".
Astonished Republicans and Democrats uniformly condemned Mr Trump, with harsh criticism coming even from hosts on Fox News - a network normally friendly to the president.
Putin was re-elected in a disputed election in March with the main opposition leader Alexei Navalny barred from running on what he says was a pretext.
At the news conference, Mr Trump was invited by reporters to offer any criticism of Russian Federation but he repeatedly declined.
"If it were me, I'd check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House", hawkish Republican Senator Lyndsey Graham said on Twitter.
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